A final piece of pie from Peter’s Grill in downtown Minneapolis

  • Article by: Rick Nelson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 2, 2013 - 8:20 AM

After 99 years in business, the Minneapolis institution closes. Owner Peter Atsidakos says food trucks put a dent in lunch crowd.

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rrjjssJun. 28, 13 9:35 PM

Thanks to all of the food trucks that pay zero rent!! For all of you suckers that overpay for mediocre food served out of a truck, where will you be eating during winter? Not at Peter's any longer.

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wiseoracleJun. 28, 13 9:58 PM

Nooooooooooooo! Don't work downtown right now... But when I did Peter's was one of my favorites! Very sad. Thanks so much for the Wonderful food, and memories!

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tituspulloJun. 28, 1310:20 PM

rrjjssJun. 28, 13 9:35 PM Thanks to all of the food trucks that pay zero rent!! For all of you suckers that overpay for mediocre food served out of a truck, where will you be eating during winter? Not at Peter's any longer._________I guess you don't understand free market capitalism. And I don't know what trucks you've eaten at, but I've had some wonderful food at a much more reasonable price. By the way...they weren't eating at Peters during the winter either.

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drudgemonkeyJun. 28, 1310:21 PM

Don't blame people for making open market decisions on where to have lunch. It was not their job to keep this place viable. It was the owner's To your point, if the food at Peter's wasn't mediocre, maybe it would still be open.

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essdee09Jun. 28, 1310:25 PM

If Peter's business became seasonal, because of food trucks (I don't believe that) or any other reason, then he should have adjusted. It sounds like he just couldn't negotiate the curve.

Food trucks did not close down Peter's. If food trucks were so lethal, restaurants in downtown Minneapolis would be closing left and right. They're not.

And food trucks don't have everything. Limited menus, find your own place to sit, get wet when you order in the rain... Come to think of it, maybe Peter should have started a food truck of his own.

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thunderballJun. 28, 1311:26 PM

Perhaps another location yet again would keep it going? Maybe, maybe not. But Al's breakfast in Dinkytown is still serving up pancakes ! At least lets campaign for a Peter's Grill cookbook,esp the apple pie recipe! My personal thanks to all those past and present cooks, chefs, servers,cleaners, hosts,owners that made it all taste good!

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tituspulloJun. 29, 1312:39 AM

drudgemonkeyJun. 28, 1310:21 PM Don't blame people for making open market decisions on where to have lunch. It was not their job to keep this place viable. It was the owner's To your point, if the food at Peter's wasn't mediocre, maybe it would still be open.______Exactly. The owners made no attempt to modernize. They could have remodeled and attempted to broaden their demographic. Lunch is a competitive business...they fell asleep and lost. Sorry.

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dtmonkeyboyJun. 29, 13 1:16 AM

I love the atmosphere at Peters but the food...meh...it just hasn't kept up with the times. I wish the owners well and they deserve to retire at age 73...but is time Ro a new menu.

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SEYMOURJun. 29, 13 8:38 AM

The food was great at Peter's, though it wasn't necessarily contemporary. I'll miss it.

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eddemarsJun. 29, 13 8:54 AM

Food trucks to blame, "hipsters" to blame. Weak and lazy arguments. Peter's food was mediocre, it's as simple as that. They had a great location, old-school ambiance and dense customer base that was available year-round. They just didn't put out a great product. I"m not expecting truffle pate out of a place like Peter's but if you're going to serve up egg salad sandwiches, it better be the best damn egg salad sandwich a person ever had. I hate seeing old school businesses close, it's happening everywhere and it stinks. But this trend has been coming for a while and Peter's didn't do anything to adjust. You can't keep doing the same thing and think the results will be different.

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